The Dragon Swatter was developed as an exceptional tool for use with fast-moving, tough turf grass fires, where digging line is just not fast enough. It replaces the burlap bag, a tool commonly used to fight fires in grass fuels. To be effective, burlap bags must be filled with organic matter and soaked in water and therefore a constant supply of water is necessary.
When the bags wear out, they must be replaced with extra bags the firefighters wear on their belts or in pack straps. There is danger that the bags can catch fire in flare ups on fire line and firefighters are prone to back injuries caused by the bent-over position. This tool also puts the firefighter’s face into the flame lengths and dehydration becomes a big problem.
The tough conveyor belt strapping of the Dragon Swatter is flexible enough to mold around rocks and brush and to kill flames. The two-foot wide footprint is held together with a series of nylon rods designed to help lift the tool after each downward swat. The Swatter never needs water and, with the Universal Handle (sold separately) in place, the 7.5 foot-length of the swatter keeps the firefighter’s face away from the flames and back straight. This tool is 9-inches longer than the conventional mud-flap swatter.
This is an ideal hand tool for prescribed burns. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges, and all National Grasslands, and interface areas that have grass around homesteads should be armed with this new tool for grasslands.
When folded (37-in. length), the Dragon Swatter will fit into the Dragon Transport and Storage Case.